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Upgrading a CPU (part 2)

Jan 13, 2010, 21:33 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

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"Prerequisites to a CPU Upgrade

"You will need an anti-static mat to lay parts on, and a wrist grounding strap. Static electricity is the mortal enemy of electronics; these are cheap and easy insurance. You will also need isopropyl alcohol or special cleaning fluid made to clean off thermal paste, a plastic putty knife, and some clean microfiber cloths.

"You may need to upgrade to a better CPU cooler. The stock coolers that come in the retail packaged processors are usually adequate. The better aftermarket coolers are quieter, and cool to a lower temperature. The better air coolers are big, so make sure you have enough room. Water coolers are wonderful, very quiet, small, and have the most cooling power, but they are also the most expensive.

"Many aftermarket heatsinks have complicated mounting brackets that require removing the motherboard, so buyer beware.

"Always read your product instructions! Your product manufacturer knows quite a bit more about the right way to do these things than your average random Internet dweeb."

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